21 Day Fix Weeks 2 & 3 Recap, second round, and Shakeology!

Hello hello!

I’m going to just jump right in with my recaps!

Week 2 fell on Baby C’s 1st birthday…FIRST BIRTHDAY!

Ya’ll, my baby is one! I have a ONE year old! I cannot believe it has already been an entire year. I know, cliche in every way, but its SO true.

Anyways, I can’t say enough great things about 21 Day Fix. it’s quick, it’s effective, and it’s fun! I find it really easy to do the workouts. They are a combination of strength and cardio and going through this program, I have realized that my cardio conditioning is definitely not on point. It’s amazing how our bodies can adapt to one type of cardio, for instance running in my case, but then I do interval training with strength built in (21dfx) and I am sweating and out of breath!

The nutrition part of ANY workout program is always the hardest for me to follow. I love food, I have a major sweet tooth, and when I crave something I just want to eat it. So going into weeks 2 and 3 I knew I was going to cheat a bit. Week 2 I had 3 cupcakes – 2 on Baby C’s birthday, and my finally one 2 days later. This definitely put me over my yellow containers (carbs), but I knew this going in and was okay with this decision.

Week 3 I had some cheat meals because my husband was home more, and to be honest I didn’t meal prep nearly as much. I also had a couple of beers poolside ūüôā Again this definitely pushed me over on my yellow containers, BUT even though I cheated, I was also VERY conscience of my food choices. Instead of eating my weight in goldfish crackers (why are these SO good?!), I would eat apple slices, or carrots. I feel like i did very balancing good food choices with some cheats. I definitely believe in applying the 80/20 rule – eat healthy and clean 80% of the time and 20% indulge. Also, YOLO ūüėČ

Overall, I lost 3 pounds. I didn’t re-,measure myself so I am not sure how many inches, but if i had to guess i lost a little in my waist which is where I also see the weight loss at.

I’m now onto my second round of 21 Day Fix and I have even dappled in 21 Day Fix Extreme. I am LOVING the Beachbody on Demand (24/7 streaming of over 600 workouts!!) Variety is definitely a big factor for me sticking with a workout so the on demand feature is amazing!

I am in week 1 of my second round and ya’ll I am seeing some real change. I look and FEEL leaner. You know when the scale says you lost weight, but you still feel kinda bloated or your clothes fit the same? Well, I can honestly say that now I feel like i have lost some weight and am getting leaner.

I know for a fact that i am getting stronger. I can do all the intervals without taking a break, I can do my reps, and I have increased my weight. This time around I am also being VERY diligent about following the peal plan, and I haven’t gone over on any of my portions.

During these rounds of 21 Day Fix I have also been drinking Shakeology. Wow, ya’ll…this product really is amazing!

As a chemist, I really value what I put into my body and I was never a fan of standard market protein powders. 1) they don’t taste great (Shakeology does!), and 2) most people eating a Standard American diet (SAD) are NOT lacking protein. What most people are lacking are true nutrients – vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, phytonutrients (nutrients we get from veggies and fruits), and digestive enzymes (these help our intestines actually adsorb what we eat). Because of this, standard market protein powder, isn’t very beneficial.

Additionally, since many of these powders contain soy, artificial sweeteners (I’m looking at you Splenda), are nearly 100% whey based (protein from milk which can wreck havoc on a lactose intolerant person), and have preservatives (Sodium benzoate, soy lecithin, etc.) I am not a fan. Plus, they aren’t really doing anyone any good because we (Americans in general) don’t have a protein deficiency – we have a nutrient deficiency. In my honest opinion, protein powders are doing more harm than good, and its a multi-million dollar industry based on really good marketing, unfortunately. not sound science.

Now enter Shakeology – this isn’t a protein powder.

Let that sink in for a minute.

Shakeology is NOT a protein powder.

Does it have protein? Yes, absolutely.

Shakeology is NOT a meal replacement shake (don’t even get me started on Slim Fast and what a load of crock and marketing gimmick that is *sigh*).

Can Shakeology be used as a meal replacement? Yes, absolutely – and its for sure the BEST choice for a meal replacement (read below).

So what is Shakeology then?

Shakeology is a nutrition powder.

It is full of protein (from whole food sources like chia, flax seed, quinoa), full of antioxidants like blueberry, gogi berry, green tea, cherries, and pomegranate. It has a plethora of phytonutrients – basically kick ass greens to support your health because we all know, as good as Kale is for us, who wants to eat it every day, am I right? So Shakeology has greens in it – spinach, kale, algea, and others. And finally, Shakeology is rounded out with pre- and probiotics and additional digestive enzymes, because what good is consuming all these awesome nutrients if our body can’t adsorp it properly?

In fact, the digestive enzymes were the first things I noticed working when I first started Shakeology – because it was cleaning out my system (I’ll avoid going into detail on this, but just know it was not harsh or unpleasant in any way) and lining my colon with proper and essential bacteria so my body could adsorp all of the goodness packed into Shakeology.

Seriously, this product makes my inner chemist giddy. I do a happy dance every time I drink it and every time someone tells me they drink it and love it too. It’s seriously a game changer. I may just have to write post (or two) on it and let my inner chemist shine ūüėČ

 

  1. Do you workout? What is your favorite type of workout?
  2. Are you good about eating enough fruits and veggies (I definitely have to work at this EVERY day)
  3. Are you a protein powder fan?

 

 

 

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21 Day Fix: 1 Week down, 2 to go

Happy Tuesday!

Im just gonna jump right in and say I’ve lost 3 lbs.

For realzzzz.

1 week into this 3 week journey and I’m down 3lbs, and a poopin machine which is really awesome. I finally feel “empty”. I don’t feel bloated or like I still need to go so this was an unexpected yet pleasant side effect that I’m contributing to Shakeology.

Okay so here are my Week 1 Thoughts:

1. The workouts are quick. Like super quick. There’s 2-3 mins of a warm up, 2-3 mins cool down leaving about 26 mins for heart pounding, sweaty workouts.

2. The workouts are tough! You’ll definitely feel your muscles burning and the are effective workouts targeting multiple muscles at the same time!

3. The proof is in the pudding as they say. But in the case of 21 Day Fix, I really believe the proof is in my diet. Following the portion containers is essentially to getting the desired results. The portion containers make it super simple to eat the right portions and the right kinda of food (hello fruits and veggies). The premise for 21 Day Fix is NOT tondiet but rather change our eating habits so the containers allow for a simple visual way of doing this without counting calories!

And my realizations thus far:

1. I eat a lot of carbs. Too many ¬†in fact. I don’t eat bad carbs just too much. My portions have been WAY too large and as I go through this program, I realize I don’t need all the empty calories in the carbs I eat.

2. I don’t eat as many veggies or fruits as I thought. I would eat them at just about every meal, but unlike my carb portions, my produce portions were WAY too small. This has been enlightening.

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3. My wine portions are on the order of 3 times larger than a standard portion. This is really sad because wine is essential. However, I’m learning to sip on a measly 4oz of wine and enjoy it…all 3 seconds of it. Kidding…kinda.

4. I really like my refined white sugar in my coffee. But refined sugar is bad, so in order to fully commit to these 21 days, I’m using a tsp of raw honey. I like my coffee sweeter but I’m willing to make the sacrifice. However, I think I might change to raw sugar after this round.

5. I eat a lot of protein. Like A LOT. I crave protein too. I’m still nursing Baby C so I’m wondering if that’s why I crave it, but I pretty much have a protein at every meal plus my Shakeology. Fortunately, for my calorie bracket I can have 4 red containers (protein) which works out nicely.

6. My PB portions were off the chart large. But I mean it’s PEANUT BUTTER! I have no comment on this except I’m trying…

7. And finally, I’m LOVING the program. Life’s is crazy busy with an almost one year old, a 5yo and ¬†firefighter hubby working 24-48 hours at a time so 30 min workouts that are building muscle and a cardio workout to boot is just perfect.

And the most exciting ¬†news…

I’m now a Beachbody Coach. After doing Insanity I fell in love with the programs and now after a week into 21 Day Fix I’m hooked. The workouts are creative, fun, tough, and multi-purposed. Not to mention, Beachbody has a TON of programs that allow for variety and opportunities to challenge every person.

If you have any interest (or just questions!) about 21 Day Fix or Beachbody let me know. I’m hosting a Workout Challenge Group starting June 19th. It will be 3 weeks long and we’ll be doing the 21 Day Fix program. I’ll be coaching everyone along, offering support, encouragement, and fun!

Walking, June, and 21 Day Fix

Happy FriYAY!

Happy June.

Happy Summer.

Happy Hurricane Season!

 

So BIG news…Baby C is walking! I have video proof and at 11 months he is walking. My boys¬†both seemed to have missed the memo that they are moderate/late term preemies and decided to just go on with their bad selves and walk before a year old. Honestly, I love it. Little unsteady waddles with arms out are the cutest!

Now that Baby C has been walking for about a week or so, he’s doing more walking than crawling and he’s getting pretty fast!

And, now that it’s June, it’s Baby C’s birth month which means in a couple short weeks I’m going to have a ONE YEAR OLD.

How on earth did this happen??!

All the cliches about the days are long the years are short yadda yadda yadda…yeah…they’re true. I’m really looking forward to the next several months though as he grows up and becomes even more interactive with us.

In addition to his new found freedom of walking, Baby C is signing more every day and his newest sign is “more” and “eat” which really is no surprise¬†from my little chunky baby.

And last but not least, he knows how to play peek-a-boo! Gah! The cuteness!!

In other news I have started doing 21 Day Fix and I’m soooooore. I’m following the meal plan as well and at first the containers looked SO small I was wondering how on earth I was going to survive on such little food.

But them somethig amazing happens…after you stuff your 21 day fix container…let’s say the green one (vegetables), and dump what appears to be a measly amount of food that couldn’t even sustain a rabbit, let alone a human being, you have a shit ton of food on your plate!

Im serious.

Every.Single.Time. I fill my containers…green, purple, red, yellow, so on and so forth, I’m thinking “how on God’s green earth is this enough food??!!”

and Every.Single.Time. I dump my food onto my plate, I have SO much more food than I thought.

AND Every.Single.Time. I eat, I feel full. I’m not starving and I’m STILL nursing Baby C. In fact, I think my supply is up a little which I’m baffled by because Baby C eats 3 meals a day, albeit small ones, and maybe a snack or two. And some days his snack is just a quick nursing session.

So the only thing I can even remotely tie to my increase supply, is my daily Shakeology (chocolate!). It’s a nutrient dense super shake basically (I say this bc it’s not JUST a protein shake and it’s not JUST a meal replacement shake) so this makes sense but I’m still left very surprised¬†by this because¬†for real y’all I’m having to pump and I get 3-4oz from ONE side. And I’m starting to leak again!! Say what?!

And since I’ve already crossed into TMI terrority I’ll share this tid bit with you…

Shakeology is making me poop.

And in a really good way.

See recently my bowls have been a hot mess. It got so bad that I didn’t want to eat because 20 minutes later I’d be in the bathroom. I’ll spare you these details but suffice it to say, food was running right through me.

I quickly got on some good probiotics and then I got backed up. Which is never a problem for me so I was left dumbfounded. After a few weeks on probiotics, yes WEEKS, I was somewhat starting to get back to normal but I was still kinda eh about my bathroom habits. I was feeling bloated and gassy and it just wasn’t my normal (1-2 times a day EVERY day).

Enter Shakeology *drum roll*

Honestly, Shakeology was a part of my Beachbody challenge pack (21 day fix containers, on demand access to Beachbody workouts – YES it’s as amazing as it sounds) so I didn’t seek it out to help my poop (or lack thereof) challenges. I just figured I’d do as Autum says and include it in my 21 day fix challenge.

Y’all the first day I drank it I pooped 4 times.

4 TIMES.

Yep, new personal record.

And the best part was, I wasn’t cramping, gassy, or bloated. I simply just had to poo.

After 4 days on¬†Shakeology, I FINALLY feel back to normal in regards to my colon. I feel empty after I go and I’m going¬†1-2 times a day again. Hallelujah!

So all that to say, is that the digestive enzymes, pre and probiotics are a workin’!

Now the workouts…as I said¬†I’m sore. And I love it. It takes a lot of running for me to be sore and the leg exercises in 21 day fix definitely target all 4 of the muscles in my quads, plus my hamstrings and my glutes! I think at this point I’d have to run 10+ miles to feel any soreness, but with 21 day fix, a quick 30 minute workout routine has left me cringing every time I have to go to the bathroom. And y’all know I’m going at least twice.

I also love that the moves involve weights and it’s legit strength training WITH cardio. Seriously every move is working several muscles at a time and that’s what I love and that’s why it’s only 30 minutes. Life right now is just busy and especially on shift days when running isn’t always feasible, having a quick, extremely efficient at home workout is a game changer.

Y’all bottom line, this is my second Beachbody program to try and I’m in LOVE. Beachbody is on point.

I’ll be posting my progress on here over these next 2.5 weeks so be sure to check in!

 

Have you ever tried a Beachbody program?

What are your weekend plans?

Do you live in a hurricane prone area?

 

 

 

 

Why am I Apprehensive about Social Media?

That title there…right up there ^….yep that one…

I actually Googled it.

For real.

Why?

Now that’s the million dollar question…

Because I don’t know¬†why social media makes me uneasy. It’s all over the place between Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, hashtag this hashtag that and amprisand this and amprisand that…I am literally (of course I’m meaning the use of¬†literally in a purely figurative sense as we like to do…Sheldon Cooper would be SO annoyed right now) surrounded by it.

For crying out loud I stopped watching the news YEARS ago because it was depressing and really made me doubt the good in people and in the world.

But now, every major news station is not only on social media, but they RELY on it. News is told with hashtags and Facebook stauses. Social media is EVERYWHERE.

Facebook is a multi-billion dollar business with probably that many users. Instagram has over 500 million….500 MILLION users every.single.day.

Y’all…

EVERY.SINGLE.DAY.

FIVE HUNDRED MILLION!

That is a lot of people. I mean, a lot a lot.

And that is just one social media platform.

So I went to my trusty oracle, Google, to get an answer to my question because I couldn’t really put a finger on why I’m weary of social media.

Sure, there’s the stalker potential, serial killer potential, pedophiles, and so on. But I can rationalize these fears with numbers. Those people represent such a small percentage of social media users that I know this isn’t the root cause of my uneasiness.

Y’all, Google didn’t disappoint. He never does really. He is the all-knowing after all ūüėČ

As the name would suggest, I’m weary of social media because it’s¬†social.

This is obvious right? Like crazy obvious, but there it was bitch slapping me in the face with its obviousness, and it all clicked.

I’m a true introvert. I’m a private person. I have 3 close friends…yes 3 and I am 100% good with that. Yes I have other really good friends and acquaintances and neighbors. And contrary to what some may think about introverts, I have kick ass people skills. I’m not socially awkward, I don’t mind public speaking, and I even worked in technical roles that was very “peoplely”.

But alas, I am most definitely an introvert. I get anxiety just thinking and preparing for a large social gathering.

And to clarify, “large gathering” for this introvert is anymore than about 6 people.

6 PEOPLE!

Well no wonder I’m apprehensive about social media where there are millions to BILLIONS of people!

Social media is social. And sure I’m social, but I’m social when I choose and and with whom I choose. Social media, although there are privacy settings, has a unique way of making those 6 degrees of separation feel like 1.

That coupled with my tendency to be private and not outright trusting people upon meeting, I’ve uncovered the root of my social media angst.

Now, if you don’t mind, this gal needs a glass of wine.

Happy Monday Y’all!

I Almost Became A Squirrel Murder Today

I almost became a squirrel murderer today.

Almost.¬†Which is good because I just can’t handle having “squirrel murderer” on my¬†conscience right now.

I dunno if these two squirrels were fighting over nuts, territory, or maybe one was a boy squirrel who is really into big bushy tails. Either way, I swerved and they ran back into a neighbor’s yard.

Disaster averted.

I also drove around my neighborhood like a crazed lunatic because Baby C fell asleep in the car. I know there are probably a million moms out there that have done this, but this was after I stopped at a cafe to grab a coffee and sat in their parking lot for 20 minutes thinking Baby C would wake up any minute.

The minutes passed, and the baby snored.

I can only imagine how pissed those small business owners were looking out their window and seeing me wasting time on my phone. If only they knew the struggle of a sleeping baby in the car.

So this post is random. Did I mention that already? *scrolls up*

Ah, nope I didn’t. Okay, so this post is going to be random – consider yourself warned. My mind is a jumbled mess between parenting, SAHMing, and flat out adulting. I’m convinced now there’s really an aliment¬†called “SAHM Crazies”. And ya’ll I’m¬†sufferin’ something fierce.

I want to be creative. Think, plan, solve….I don’t even know what I want. I do know I have got to get out of this house some more. And I do know I am not ready to face corporate world yet. But ya’ll oh how I miss managing projects. All the moving pieces – making order out of chaos.

Now if only I can make order out of the chaos that is my (recently turned) 5 year old. Seriously, being a mom is the hardest job I have ever had.

Okay, I’m getting a little off track here (see the crazies I tell ya!). So being creative, that I can do with this here blog. Oh, but what a can of worms this blog is.

See, I had a niche to write about. A corporate mom who had it all! I worked full time, raised kids, and LOVED it. And now the struggle bus has picked me up and plopped me in a big ol’ heapin’ pile of multiple identities. And now I don’t know what this blog is anymore. What do I write about? How can I inspire other working moms, and SAHM moms, and just MOMS?

You know the women in yoga pants, with unwashed hair, and the crazed look in their eyes? Ha…kidding.

Sorta.

So, here I am pretty much¬†avoiding this little space of the internet because I dunno where to go with it. One day I’m on the right side of the proverbial fence and I’m all “Yes! Lets do this! I can write about whatever the heck I wanna write about!” And the other days, I’m on the left side of the fence, in the fetal position rocking back and forth, saying “Make it go away. Make it go away!”

And that’s where you come in.

What do you want me to write about?

What do you want to read? What do you like about this blog?

Also, why your at it, when you’re done fixing my “blog content direction” problem, will you also let me know what I should call this blog? M’kay thanks.

I’m a once-was pant suit wearing working mom, I’m a now-wearing yoga pants SAHM. I’m a boy mom, a firewife, a runner, a chemist, a project manager. I’m a sister, daughter, friend. I’m an introvert living in an extroverts world. I’m a sarcastic coffee lover and wine drinker. I’m an essential oil user, naturalist, and fitness enthusiast. I’m a neighbor, I’m a homeowner, I’m a down to earth southerner. I’m me. A hot mess me.

Just plain ol’¬†me.¬†


  1. What content would you like to see here?
  2. Help a gal out… if you were to rename this blog, what would it be?
  3. Answer questions 1 and 2 in the comments!
  4. 4. Seriously, please answer questions 1 and 2.
  5. Okay, ya’ll for real now, I expect a lot of comments with your ideas!

 

 

 

Moms vs. Dads

Okay y’all I want to chat about something that kinda bugs me so enter soap box.

Moms and Dads are different. 

Gasp.

Let me explain

I see, hear, and read quite often how moms say their husband isn’t involved with their child and don’t play with them or interact with, and seem distant. Dad may have just come home from working a 10 hour day and is mentally, physically, and emotionally exhausted. Mom just spent 10 plus hours working for a two year old dictator (kidding….kinda). She’s physically, mentally, and emotionally exhausted and she just needs a break.

But she doesn’t say¬†anything¬†to her husband.

She’s annoyed. With dirty yoga pants and unwashed hair.

The silence builds and the resentment sets in.

Now she’s just down right angry.

The baby has officially entered the witching hour, and dad is in his office doing who knows what, while mom cooks dinner. The tension builds in the house.

Does this sound familiar to you?

Come on, be honest now.¬†This happens. It happens in my house and I’m sure it happens in just about every other house in the world.

And you know what y’all, it’s¬†okay. We are all human living life and navigating it’s challenges the best we can.

And through the almost 9 years of being with FirefigterDad and almost 5 years of raising kids, I have learned two very critical differences that have saved us a lot of frustration, anger, resentment, and arguments.

1. Moms are Nurturers. Dads are Protectors.

Moms by nature are nurturers. We love, we cuddle, we hug and kiss. Some people would say we smother and others would say we need to back off. But the fact is, our hearts are overflowing with love. We have hormones to thank for this. When our child cries we have a physiological response to it. Stress hormones surge and we HAVE to get to our child; there is no other option. We have been created to nurture, feed, and care for our child.

Dads however are the protectors. They are hard wired to protect the ones they love. They do this by providing. Providing money, shelter, stability, and safety. ¬†They are driven to constantly protect their wife AND kid(s). They are constantly pulled into several directions making sure the basic needs of feeling safe are felt by everyone they love. Dads aren’t just physical protectors. They are emotional protectors too. They¬†care¬†about your feelings. They don’t want you or your children hurting, feeling insecure, or ¬†unsafe. Men are driven by this; they were created this way.

2. Differing Expectations

In my experience, frustration and arguments happen when mom and dad both have different expectations. Dad comes home from work expecting some down time to chill and decompress. Mom is expecting a hot shower alone, while dad watches the kid when he comes home from work.

But neither one of them communicate this to the other!

Wives expect their husbands to know this; to¬†anticipate their needs. And y’all, I’m not gonna lie…this would be AMAZING!

But men are literal!

We as wives need to tell our husbands clearly and directly, “I need your help”.

Afterall, our husbands want to protect our hearts and feelings!

And vice versa, husbands need to communicate with their wife what their needs are. If he needs half an hour to decompress after work, then so be it. He’s tired and switching gears from providing at work to providing at home.

I’ve learned that having clear expectations for both me and FirefighterDad have prevented unnecessary frustration, resentment, and arguments.

We aren’t perfect. And when we have an off day and I’m feeling overwhelmed, I take a step back and recognize where I failed my husband -I didn’t communicate what I needed. He’s not a mind reader and in my heart I know he loves me and wants to protect me and provide for me. Even if providing for me means an hour to myself, or doing the dishes after dinner, or bathing our boys. All I have to do is ask.

So I strongly urge couples to recognize our innate differences and know that your husband does love his kids; his love just looks different from your love.

And know that your husband will protect his wife and his kid(s) with everything in him.

And talk y’all. Talking is good even if our husbands grumble about it. They will see the benefit when they get their 30 or so minutes of decompressing in their man cave.

Peace and Love until next time!

 

 

 

 

I’m Baaaack (ish)!

Hi.

Hello.

Okay I know what you’re thinking…where the h-e-double hockey sticks have you been?!¬†

And my answer is I’ve been here. Well not¬†here¬†here in the sense of this small space I own on the interwebs, but I’ve been¬†here¬†in the sense of, I am alive and well, and so our my children’s. Which is what really counts, am I right?!

Phew, I’m glad I got that cleared up.

So I last wrote in November and that’s basically like a year ago. I know I could update y’all on Christmas (Baby C’s first) and then New Year’s and all the days and months after that, but it’s a lot and I just don’t wanna.

Instead I’ll just pick up right here on this last day of March m’kay?

Great.

So here’s the thing, writing and parenting and Firefighter-wifing just got to be a bit much.

And writing a blog post wasn’t even on my radar. Because honestly who wants to know the inner workings and details of my life?

Exactly….no one really. Because y’all, I’m a SAHM and I’m LOVING it. I’m not PantsuitsMom, I’m YogaWearingMessyHairBunShowered4DaysAgoMom¬†and I think deep down I didn’t know how to continue with this blog. A space I created to share with other women on how I achieved balance in my days. How I managed a career AND being a mom and how I LOVED it.

I kinda felt like a fraud. What wisdom did I have to share with you all?!

I could tell you how a 9 months old poop smells terrible.

I could tell you that farts are funny for kids…and evidently grown men.

I could tell you that baby fingernails should be a weapon of war.

I could tell you that boys’ feet stink…at 9 months, at 4 years old, and at 34 years old.

I could tell you that my kids eat food off of the floor.

I could tell you that my baby isn’t sleeping through the night.

And I could tell you that I know I’ll never regret the time home with my boys.

It’s a privilege to raise these boys of mine.

It’s a joy and I am grateful.

So what does that mean for this blog? I don’t know y’all.

I do know, I’ll still be here (sporadically maybe) as a Boy Mom and Firefighter Wife learning how to balance our adventures (can anyone say Kindergarten ūüė≥).

Until next time!

Let’s Catch Up

Hi.

Okay before you get all where the hell have you been PantsuitsMom, let me just say I know.

And I’m sorry.

Life has been crazy and I just needed to take a step back so I could keep my head above water.

So I’m gonna update you, but I’m warning…this might get long so grab a cup of coffee, or wine – no judgement here, and I’ll get started.

1. Took a trip to Florida in mid September so my folks could meet Baby C. Baby C cried the entire 10 hour drive turned 13 hour drive. Seriously. It was awful and I don’t want to talk about. The visit itself was great and Baby C is my parents’ 5th grandbaby.

2. While in Florida I ran my first race post Baby. A local 5k and I had a blast. It hurt like hell but my mom came out and stayed with the boys and it was awesome – my mom has always been my biggest running cheerleader.

3. When I got home I started to get back into our normal routine. School drop offs and pick ups, laundry, dishes etc. Then on Tuesday I walked back into the house and had a flood. My laundry room had about 3 inches of standing water!! WTF?!

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Might be hard to see but I promise you…water. Lots and lots of water.

4. Then Wednesday came along and Hurricane Matthew was practically knocking on my front door. So in the end I packed up my car, both kids and all 3 dogs and stayed with my aunt and uncle. A good time was had by all.

5. Mid October then brings us to Baby C’s 4 month update. Smiling, cooing, sleeping through the night (even a few nights of 8hrs!), loving baths, being held and hating his car seat! Still batteling reflux but this chunkster clocked in at 17lbs 2oz!

6. 33rd birthday for FirefighterDad! He had to work so Brother I helped me bake a cake and decorate it which we took to the fire station!

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7. Apples, apples, apples. When I returned from my quick hurricane evacuation my house was exploding with bananas, apples, and oranges. I froze most of the bananas, the oranges are going in beer (don’t judge) and the apples became two pies for Thanksgiving!

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8. Shortly after this, Mable got out of the backyard and was gone for 4 days!! I was a wreck. A hot mess. I searched, I drove, I put up flyers, I cried, I prayed. Finally the animal society where I had filed a lost animal report had her!! I got her that morning and that night she chewed a hole in our privacy fence and took off down the street. I shit you not. Thank goodness I noticed and was able to get her but it’s become very clear that she’s not happy in our home, so we are fostering her and looking for a forever home for her. During this time we also got our leaking water heater replaced and the pump on our washing machine fixed.

9. The end of October was obviously Halloween. We had a baby Dalmatian and a Ninja turtle! A great time we all had!

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10. Early November was a blur of catching up on laundry and yet again getting back into normal post-loosing Mable and realizing she needs a new home.

11. Election Day. 2 hours. Vote cast. ‘Nuff said.

12. Blurr of shift days, OT, EMT class, ride alongs, wine, beer, lemon drops. Life.

13. Yesterday I ran my second race post Baby!! A half marathon! My slowest half ever but I had a blast! I quickly found a group of ladies to run/walk it with and I had a great time! Time flew by until about mile 9.5 then I was doing everything I could to keep the cramping at bay. It was tough. But it was glorious. And best part, all 3 of my boys were at the finish line cheering me on!

14. Today was suppose to be family pics that got rained out. The sweet photographer is willing to reimburse me so besides a little annoyance we made the best of it by snapping some selfies. Lemons into lemonade I tell ya!

15. And finally, tomorrow Baby C will be 5 months. I just can’t even…

Ya’ll that’s all I have for you.

P.S. At some point the guest blog post from my sis will go up (bless her heart I have nagged and nagged and nagged and I still haven’t posted it two months later. Oops).

P.P.S. Oh yeah, I quit Insanity. I missed running so I focused on that, and well, the above 15 are my excuses.

P.P.P.S During all this time I did win my first ever blog giveaway so there’s that!! Thanks¬†Living Lighter in Atlanta!

Until next time ya’ll!

3 Months

On Wednesday September 14th Baby C turned 3 months old.

Ya’ll it’s all going by so fast!!

He’s already wearing size 6 months clothes! Is this normal? I remember Brother I being in newborn clothes forever, then 3 months forever, then 6 months FOREVER.

Baby C on the other hand is jumping sizes faster than I can keep up!

He’s in size 2 diapers and recently has gone from sleeping 5 hours at night to 7.5 hours! I’m so grateful for a longer stretch of sleep even if I do have to pump to be comfortable.

Baby C is such a happy baby! This past month he’s really blossomed with his smiles, coos, squeals, and “talking”. I absolutely love mornings with him. As I sit and drink my coffee, Baby C and I catch up and he’s ALL smiles. #meltmyheart #mommasboy

Baby C is also on a really good routine and I find it predictable which is awesome! He’s always been very obvious when he’s tired because his eyelids and area around his eyebrows get red, but now knowing his general nap times is awesome and allows for easier out of the house adventures.

Another knew development is that Baby C has put himself to sleep many times this past month. It first started in the car – I think the movement and noise lulled him to sleep. Sometimes he still cried and needed his pacifier, but for the most part falling asleep in the car is super easy for him to do now! He’s also fallen asleep by himself in his bed (in my room) after a middle of the night feeding. Occasionally I have to lean over and pat his back (he still sleeps on his tummy) but he eventually drifts off to sleep.

Speaking of tummy, Baby C sleeps really well this way but he’s not a fan of tummy tie anymore or playing on his back. I don’t know if this is because of his reflux or if it’s because he just enjoys standing up and looking at mommy, daddy, and brother. Either way he hasn’t done much rolling over from tummy to back recently. And he’s really strong and loves to stand on his legs as we hold him. Maybe he’ll be an early walker like his big brother!

Right now at 3 months Baby C weighed 15lbs 5oz and measured 23.5 inches long. He’s getting so big and has thighs for dayzzzz!

He’s wearing 6 month clothes and size 2 diapers.

Baby C’s Likes:

Eating

Smiling at mommy, daddy, and brother,

Baths

Being carried in the Ergo

Being outside

His piano mat briefly

Being toasty warm when sleeping

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Baby C’s Dislikes:

Being hungry

Being tired

Having a dirty diaper

Medicine

Playing on the floor/not being held

 

Baby C is such a joy and I feel so blessed to have this little boy to complete our family!

 

 

 

Insanity Update and Insanity Eats Week 2 and 3

It’s been a few¬†several days since I have updated on my Insanity progress so here it is:

I have taken off 3 days in a row.

Then got back on track and completed the next workout.

Then took a day off.

Then got back on track.

Then took a day off.

Then got back on track with the Cardio Recovery routine today.

Clearly there’s a pattern here, but I am choosing to ignore it, so I’m asking you do the same. M’kay? Just humor me on this one.

Alright, now that we got that out of the way, here is a brief update.

I miss running! Its strong ya’ll. I REALLY REALLY miss running. Insanity is a GREAT workout and I sweat my butt off and get a little endorphin rush, but its just not the same as running. And its making Insanity hard to stick with.

I am going to continue Insanity, but when I want to run, and I can fit it into my schedule, I’m going to! I hope that getting a couple runs in a week will help with my running withdrawals. Also, I know I’m stronger from Insanity so I am curious how this will translate in runs. I’ll keep ya’ll posted.

I have completed 18 days of Insanity (if I take a day off I pick back up where I left off versus the scheduled workout. I know this will extend my 60 days, but¬†I’m good with it) and I have lost 3 inches.

-1 inch on chest (above breasts)

-0.5 inche on waist

-1 inch on hips

-0.5 inche on right thigh (yes my thighs are two different sizes)

According to the scale I am up 2 pounds putting me at 160. I am wearing my size 8-10 clothes and my size S-M shirts (the breastfeeding friendly ones). I am 5’7″ and I was 153 pre-pregnancy, gained 22 pounds with Baby C putting me at 175 pounds. All in all, I am okay with my weight. It’s a number. An arbitrary number that doesn’t take into account muscle mass and strength. I’m not going to lie, I wish the number was smaller. But I do know I am strong. I am healthy. And it’s just a number. I’m thrilled that I was wearing all my regular clothes about 8 weeks postpartum and I am gaining some muscle! I’m sharing some raw honesty here with these numbers, because healthy bodies come in all shapes and sizes!

According to the fit test I have improved a lot too! In all 8 exercises I increased the number of reps I could do in 1 minute. I can even do some Push Up Jacks now. The moves aren’t as hard coordination wise, but the Fit Test was still tough since I maxed out what I could do.

Overall, with my days off, life craziness, and my diet (more on this in a bit) I am happy with my results so far. Physically, I notice a little more definition in my thighs and stomach, and seeing my measurements reassures me I am making progress.

Now for my eats!

Week 2 eats was during Labor Day weekend so alcohol was consumed, along with snack foods, and more sugar and treats than the previous week. I knew this would be the case, and I was okay with it. I also did make solid food choices.

For breakfast I had oatmeal and coffee. A morning snack would be cottage cheese and either grapes or pineapple or a Greek yogurt with granola. And some days it was both.

Lunch was either out (BBQ) or a quick PB&J. An afternoon snack was usually a chocolate protein shake that also curbed my sweet tooth.

And dinner this week was all over from pizza to ribs to salad to PB&J, or eggs.

One thing I focused on this week was increasing my protein and I am happy to say most days I was around 75-80 grams.

Week 3 eats brings us to this week, and the biggest diet change now is that I have eliminated dairy from my diet because of Baby C’s reflux. So I know longer eat milk, cheese, yogurt, cottage cheese, or protein shakes. So I’ve gotten creative.

My diet now is a lot of meat, veggies, fruit, and complex carbs like oatmeal, quinoa, and brown rice.

One thing I have started to make, which I’m really enjoying, our meat and veggie bowls and rice bowls. And its literally what it sounds like. Cooked meat seasoned various ways, tons of veggies, and enjoy!

The other night I made a Korean beef rice bowl with ground beef and brown rice and it was delicious. Tonight I am going to make a pineapple cilantro salmon rice bowl – yum!

For my sweet tooth, I came across the Peanut Butter Chocolate Larabar. Holy moly ya’ll! This bar is everything. Its vegan, dairy free (Yay!), gluten free, and kosher. And this bar is like death by chocolate. It not only is a quick and simple snack, but its a great treat.

I also made dairy free ice cream! I blended 2 frozen bananas, 1/4 avocado, and 1 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder, and a splash of almond milk. I topped it with unsweetened coconut, almonds, and marshmallows and had rocky road ice cream! You guys, make this. Like seriously. Like right this minute.

It.Was.So.Good.

Since my go to dairy snacks aren’t an option any more I have fruit, beef jerky, veggies, or eggs (hard boiled, on top of avocado toast, etc), and my tried and true PB&J (I love PB&J – can you tell?) for snack options. Its been an adjustment for sure, but fortunately most labels list if milk is contained so that makes it very easy. And in the end, I think I am actually eating healthier.

And that concludes my Insanity update for now!